"The Mystery of the Riverboat" while ending each chapter with a cliffhanger is more episodic in nature than the usual Universal serial and somewhat similar to Universal's 1934 "Tailspin ... See full summary »
"The Mystery of the Riverboat" while ending each chapter with a cliffhanger is more episodic in nature than the usual Universal serial and somewhat similar to Universal's 1934 "Tailspin Tommy" in that aspect as some plot lines are completed as a story within the overall story. Plus, while some serials often contained a title song or motif throughout, this one has six songs scattered around and about performed by either Marion Martin - and we have no idea if she was dubbed or did her own warbling - and former Three Mesquiteer and future head Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd, who did his own. The overly-plotted (for juvenile Saturday matinée audiences to keep up with over a period of 13 weeks) story finds three Louisiana families, the Langtrys, Perrins and Duvals, as co-owners of swamp land in the Louisiana bayou country. Unaware that the property contains rich "nitrolene" deposits, they are considering an offer from speculator Herman Einreich, who is well aware of the secret, having killed the ... Written by
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The entertaining tale of a possible land swindle in the bayous of Louisiana (played rather unconvincingly by the Universal back lot), peppered with plenty of good old serial action. Fist fights, fires, explosions, boat crashes and chase scenes. The action does not take place aboard the steamer "Morning Glory" for the entire serial, only for the first five chapters.
Mantan Moreland is the great asset here, and is enjoyable to watch as always, I will agree with other comments on that one. A decent DVD release by the Serial Squadron, on a pressed DVD, but unfortunately no commentary tracks. The only extra is the two minute trailer. The print used is by no means pristine. Many portions of splotches, lines and scratches, but always watchable. Having said that, the quality is better on some of the chapters than it is on others.
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